First of all, lets be clear about what that term means. “Professional” does not mean they have a few bottles of something that say professional on it, nor do they qualify as a professional just because they say they are one. Professionals have things like a business license, Insurance that is adequate to cover your vehicle, a Facebook page, a website, and reviews etc. These are all things you can check that will tell you how professional they really are.
Did you know that a car is the second biggest investment most people will make other than a house? Hiring someone that doesn’t really know what they’re doing to scrub and apply chemicals to your vehicle can really do more harm than good. You worked hard to get the car you wanted, trust me, this is not where you want to go with the bargain basement option.
So, how do you choose a detailer? Here are some ways you can ensure your car is in the hands of a professional and will come back to you looking as great as the day you bought it.
- Check the status of their business license. Not sure how to do it? Don’t worry, I’ve got a nifty little link right HERE. Just type in the business name and there you go. If they don’t have one, move on and find someone else. If they were a true professional they would have one.
- Check out their website/Facebook page. Are there before and after pictures (be careful with this one, photos are easily stolen off the internet these days, do they have a reference from the owner of the vehicle in the photo) ? Reviews? And if so, are they good or bad? Tip: Try and read through more than one or two of the reviews. If there are bad reviews weigh the good against the bad, I will choose a business that has bad reviews mixed in with the good as long as it looks like it was a few isolated bad experiences and the rest seem positive.
- Price matters: A quality professional detailer may spend over $100 just on products on your car alone. If someone is offering you a full detail for $50, alarm bells should be going off in your head telling you to run. Expect to pay a fair price for the work being done. It can take up to 10 hours to detail your car (and sometimes more). Take that into consideration when you see prices that seem high (and also use it a red flag if the price is ridiculous low).
- Ask the professional for references. A great detailer should be able to provide you with plenty.
A true detail professional will treat your car like their own. A bad detail can end up doing a lot of harm to your vehicle, it’s just not worth it to go cheap here. I hope you find this article helpful